Can mobile robotic telepresence help clinicians safely deliver care to ED patients?

Grant ID: EMSF-007COV-2020-BALDWIN

Lay Summary

COVID-19 has impacted healthcare provision in Australian emergency departments (EDs). Infection control precautions, including isolation of patients with respiratory symptoms and methodical use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), are of paramount importance to reduce the risk of transmission within the healthcare setting.

Patients presenting to Australian EDs with epidemiological or clinical features suggesting risk of COVID-19 illness are isolated into a physically separate, high risk-zone (HRZ) within the ED. Entry into HRZ is restricted to essential staff wearing appropriate personal PPE. Consequently, interactions between patients and clinicians, particularly allied health, are limited.

Mobile robotic telepresence (MRT) has the potential to maintain quality of care while facilitating contactless communication between patients and staff in the HRZ and the external multidisciplinary team. MRT is a wifi-enabled wheeled devices with audio-video capabilities controlled remotely by a clinician. This study aims to determine the feasibility of using MRT to support clinical care in the HRZ of the ED.


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Amount Awarded
$21,865


Program


Grant Scheme


Status
Approved


Principal Investigator:
Dr Mark Baldwin


Co Investigators:
Dr Sean Rothwell
Dr Nathan Brown
A/Prof Kevin Chu


Institution



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